James T. Lewis


James T. Lewis, 59, of Ocean Grove, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2021 after a determined, stoic and courageous three-year battle with cancer. Jim is predeceased by his parents, Ted and Jean Lewis, both sets of grandparents, and his uncle, Gary Lewis, among other family members, as well as his father-in-law, Charles Pfau.  He is survived by his wife of almost 31 years, Debbie Pfau Lewis; his brothers, Steve and Mike, his twin sister Susan; nephews, James, Dan, Randy, Rusty, and Nathan; a niece, Kate; cousins, Allyson and Tim, in addition to many other relatives; his mother-in-law, Loretta, and two brothers-in-law, Chuck and Pete.  Also grieving Jim’s loss are his great, close friends, James, Larry, Tom, his work friends/family and friends he’s made through his employment over the years.  He also leaves behind his and Deb’s two cats, but most of all, he leaves behind their current, loyal, and much loved dog, Arnold, a big mush of a boy who was able to see Jim one last time alongside Jim’s hospital bed shortly before his passing.  He loved that dog so much, as did he love all of their canines who came before Arnold.  He did have a soft spot for animals in general, domestic and wild, but he was a dog person.  He will be forever missed. Quite an intelligent man, Jim was a graduate of Rutgers with a BS in Engineering.  However, he dedicated his working life to the well drilling field, mainly, environmental, and many years ago, became a licensed, journeyman well driller; he was a member of  IUOE Local 825.  Jim was hard-working, serious about his work and the safety protocols that came with it, completely honest, and full of integrity. Many years ago, he took a year’s break from well drilling and signed on as a merchant mariner, sailing around and seeing the world.  But well drilling was his thing, and he resumed his position with his employer.  He was tall, handsome, had a nice smile, a sense of humor, valued his friendships, and was very loyal, across the board, in life, friendships and work ethic.   He would not go out of his way to be gregarious and was a homebody after his long days of work were done, but once he got to know someone, he would offer to help out a friend or neighbor in some way, if needed.  He would be one of the first to be outside shoveling snow or clearing sidewalks and driveways with the snow blower.  Jim had a deep admiration for 60’s muscle cars with their big engines and loud exhausts.  He was a proud owner of a couple of cars and could spend hours troubleshooting one thing or another, sometimes, out of necessity. In his younger days, he played baseball, stickball, softball, and he enjoyed memorable hikes with his father and siblings. He and his wife got to experience a trip to Scotland, and during a trip to Bar Harbor, Maine, took advantage of the views from multiple trips up Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.   He also enjoyed Eastwood Westerns,  listening to music, playing computer games, and relaxing with his beer and cigs on the porch with his friends or in his solitude contemplating the week’s work that he just finished or what was waiting for him come Monday. Jim was not ready to leave any of us behind.  He fought and rallied against this merciless illness to the very end; he reported to work up until the early part of the previous month, and even when he realized that he would have to stop work, he expected it to be temporary. Jim did not want a service.  But he will be honored and memorialized among his closest, as his was a life worth remembering.  If anyone is interested, a donation to the SPCA in Eatontown in his memory for his love of animals would not be wasted and would be appreciated.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Dorothy Everitt


Dorothy Everitt (nee Burkart), 91, died peacefully at home in Ocean Grove, NJ on August 11, 2021 with her two daughters by her side.  Dorothy grew up in Hawthorne, NJ a daughter of Isabel Scowcroft Burkart and Edward Burkart, brother to Ted, (Edward) who predeceased her. A graduate of Hawthorne High School, she attended the secretarial school then known as Katharine Gibbs. She worked for more than 40 years for Home Life Insurance Company (now part of Phoenix Companies). She is predeceased by her husband of more than 50 years, Edwin, with whom she lived in Clifton.  She is survived by daughters Marjorie Everitt and Pamela Iozia, 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She was fortunate to enjoy the generosity of many friends and family.  She was also fortunate to have the kindness of loving caregivers Karen Miller and Diane Petersen.  She was a great reader and lover of the arts – ballet, opera, music. Those wishing to honor her memory should make a gift in her memory to their favorite arts organization.  A celebration of her life will occur at some time in the future.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Paul R. Braneky


Paul Braneky, 86, of Ocean Grove peacefully passed from this earth into the arms of his Savior on July 27, 2021 while at home. Born in Ohio, Paul enlisted in the Air Force at a young age. He became a war time Air Force pilot and earned the rank of Major. After completing his Air Force commitment, he worked in transportation sales. Paul was predeceased by his granddaughter Rebekah. He is survived by his loving wife Josephine, and daughters Salliann (husband Benjamin), Gina (husband Steve), Paula (husband Kevin), Donna, and Nancy, and grandchildren Charlotte, Calvin, Grace, Julian, Madeline, Jacklyn, Tessa, Lisa, Kevin Jr., Nicole, Valerie, Gideon, Caleb, Sarahnina, and 14 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Angel Fund at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Ocean Grove. Visitation will be at Ocean Grove Church at St. Paul’s, 80 Embury Avenue, Ocean Grove from 9:30-11:30am on Tuesday, August 3rd. Funeral service to follow immediately after visitation at Ocean Grove Church. Private burial will be Wednesday, August 4th at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery

Thursday, July 29, 2021

John D. Zuidema


John D. Zuidema Sr, 96, passed away peacefully in the arms of his beloved wife, Doris R. Dooley, on June 30, 2021. Born April 7, 1925, John was a loving and devoted husband for 71 years, brother, uncle, father of 5 children, and “ Pop pops” to 9 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Originally from Midland Park, NJ, son to David Zuidema Sr and Fannie Englishman, of the Netherlands and stepson to Sadie Nauta Zuidema. John married Doris on Valentine’s Day, 1950. The two resided in Oakland, NJ, for 19 years before settling in Ocean Grove, NJ. John, also known as “the meticulous stonemason,” lived his passion. A precise, yet artful mason, John marked countless sites throughout Bergen, Monmouth, and Ocean counties, with his craftsmanship. He further lent his expertise in historic preservation to many projects in Williamsburg, Va. Locally, John contributed to the restoration of Ocean Grove’s Beersheba Well and the Auditorium Square Park time capsule. He reluctantly laid his trowel to rest at the age of 88. John attended Broadway Baptist Church, Paterson, NJ and St Paul’s Methodist Church in Ocean Grove for many years. “It Is Well With My Soul” a favored hymn.  His desires were simple, nothing brought him more joy than his family, friends, pets, and a Heineken on a hot day. He knew no strangers, was blessed with lifelong friendships and mentored many young men teaching them his trade the “right way” sprinkled with a daily dose of the “old man, John advice.” He will be remembered for the loving gentlemen he always was, the twinkle in his beautiful blue eyes,  his honesty, humor, enduring faith, thoughtfulness, work ethic , listening ear and kindness to all. Lastly, his best and frequently recited words to live by were “ hold family and friends tight” and “remember to be happy”.Survived by Wife: Doris R. Zuidema, Children: Linda Kopp (Robert Kopp predeceased), John Zuidema Jr. (Carolyn Wagner), Nancy Martin (Gary Martin), Douglas Zuidema, Kristen Oneidas (Glenn Oneidas), Grandchildren: Robert Kopp, Melissa D’Alessio (David D’Alessio), John III, Cameron and Christopher Zuidema, Tess and Caroline Martin, Ryan and Camryn Oneidas . Great Grandchildren: Estella and Noah D’Alessio, Tahlin and Tyler Schwartz  Brother: David J. Zuidema Jr and wife, Eleanor. Remembrances may be made thru donations to the Monmouth County, NJ SPCA. The family is immensely grateful to the wonderful staff at Manor by the Sea in Ocean Grove for their tender and compassionate care provided to him in his last days. A private family graveside service to be held at Valleau Cemetary, Ridgewood, NJ.  A Memorial Service and Celebration Of Life will be announced at a later date.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Carl J. Hoffman


Carl J. Hoffman, 81, of Ocean Grove, died Tuesday June 15 at home.  Mr. Hoffman was a self employed aluminum siding salesman before retiring, and a Veteran of The United States Army.  Born in Passaic, he lived in Upper Montclair before moving to Ocean Grove in 1999.  He was predeceased by his wife Patricia Hoffman in 2011.  Surviving are his sister, Christine C. Kulchar and her husband Dennis of Oak Ridge, NJ and his brother Ronald Hoffman of North Carolina.   


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Rev. Walter A. Quigg


Rev. Walter Quigg, aged 94, made the transition to Glory from his home in Ocean Grove on June 12, 2021. The only child of William and Marguerite Quigg, Walter was born on September 28, 1926 in Delanco, NJ. He is survived by Leona Quigg, his wife of 72 years, his children Mary Pat (Jim) Fuller and Stephen (Gail) Quigg, four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Walter was a World War II navy veteran, the patron of his extended family, a lover of ice cream, and the author of numerous witticisms and gentle jibes. But his legacy is, and will always be, the multitude of saints and sinners he loved on and ministered to. He did so as a pastor, as the neighbor everyone wished they had next door, and as a committed community servant.  His passion for people and for his Lord were evident in all he did and said. It was while serving as a Pharmacist’s Mate in the navy that Walter received his calling into ministry. After graduating from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1951, he returned to his native New Jersey with a young family in tow to be ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church. He went on to pastor churches in Bridgeboro, Pemberton, Rancocas/Masonville, Levittown (now Willingboro), Elmer and finally Ocean Grove. Even after retirement in 1991, he often preached and fulfilled short-term ministerial assignments across the state. He continued as Pastor Emeritus for the Ocean Grove St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, a Trustee Emeritus for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, and honorary chaplain for the E. H. Stokes Fire Company until his death. Mission work was an integral part of Walter’s life and he chaired numerous mission committees for the churches he served as well as for the broader denomination. Traveling the world as part of short-term mission teams was a regular and treasured part of his life. A Celebration of Life service will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 80 Embury Ave. in Ocean Grove at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 19. The service will be livestreamed at www.oceangrovechurch.com/watch-and-listen. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church or to the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, two organizations he loved dearly and served faithfully for many years.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Mary Patricia Fenzel


Mary Patricia Fenzel, 74, of Bradley Beach, NJ passed away Friday June 11, 2021 at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center with loved ones by her side.  She courageously battled breast cancer on and off for 12 years. Mary, or often called Patty, was born May 31, 1947 in Baltimore, MD.  She was the daughter of the late Mary Katherine Farrell Fenzel and William Bryan Fenzel.  Patty graduated from All Saints Elementary School and Seton High School in Baltimore.  After High School, Patty attended Baltimore Junior College and started her career with the Bureau of Immigration where she worked for 16 years.  In 1988 Patty moved full time to Bradley Beach and worked for the United States District Court in Newark, NJ until her retirement.  In her work for the court, she closely assisted many Federal Judges and worked on a number of important Federal cases. Patty always valued and cherished her family and friends.  She is survived by her brother William Farrell Fenzel, niece Amy Fenzel-Mergott (Dan), nephews Damian Fenzel (Amy), Patrick Fenzel (Jenn), and Nicholas Fenzel (Olya).  She is also survived by ten great-grand nieces and nephews, whom she adored.  Mary, Luke, Sophia, Victoria, Sasha, Zoe, Josephine, Max, Fox, and Archer.  Patty was the keeper of family knowledge and never missed a birthday. In addition, Patty had close relationships with her cousins and many friends. During her time in Baltimore, Patty acquired a life-long love for the Baltimore Orioles and rarely missed watching a game. She enjoyed traveling with her friends to out of the way places, Including several trips to Europe.  Patty loved a good Irish coffee, tag sales and looking for treasures in thrift shops.  She was an animal lover, particularly her cats Alex and Ajax.  Patty was a member of St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church in Bradley Beach. She volunteered her time at the church as well as Manor by the Sea nursing home in Ocean Grove.  She always donated funds to many charities as well as clothing and household goods to Vietnam Veterans organizations.  A memorial mass will offered on Wednesday June 23 at 10:00 AM at the Church of the Ascension of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 501 Brinley Avenue Bradley Beach. 

Monday, June 14, 2021

Patricia Maria Kremer


Patricia (Patty) Maria Kremer, age 59, passed away on Sunday, May 30th, 2021. She was born on September 12th, 1961, in Summit, NJ. She grew up in Marlboro, NJ, and eventually settled in Ocean Township, NJ, with her family. Patty was a Social Worker, working for CPC Behavioral Healthcare for 37 years. She touched the lives of all who she came into contact with. Patty enjoyed gardening, reading, singing, and spending time with her loved ones. Patty was predeceased by her loving parents, Walter and Maria Simon. She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Harry; her two beloved daughters, Amanda and Emma; her brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Anne Simon; her sister and brother-in-law, Marianne and Frank Cue; her niece, Kim; and her nephews, Travis, Chris, and Matthew. She will always be loved by her family and will live on in their hearts. A Celebration of Life will be held for Patty on June 26th, from 1pm to 4pm, at the Robinson Ale House located in Asbury Park. Friends and family are welcome to join and help us carry on her memory. We have created a website to share your memories of Patty at https://pattymkremer.wixsite.com/my-site-1.


Sunday, June 13, 2021

Janice E. Flay


Janice E. Flay, 81, of Ocean Grove, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at home on June 6, 2021.  Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, she spent the majority of her life residing in Ocean Grove.  She worked for June Dairy in Bradley Beach before becoming a certified nurse’s aide where she went on to work for Ocean Grove Nursing Home, Francis Asbury Manor, and Manor-by-the Sea before retiring in 2016 after 39 years of service. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Ocean Grove, and had a strong faith in God and belief in her journey ahead.  She was a member of the Women’s club and Edna Bradley Circle.  She enjoyed the simplicity of sitting on her porch and reading a book, going to the beach, doing crafts, watching all her DVDs, and most of all loved the time spent with her family. She was predeceased by her parents, Benjamin and Ursula Sharkey, by her husband, Donald, and by her daughter, Marcia Christine.  Surviving are her children Gail-Marie Flay and her husband Robert Bazzini of West Chester, PA; Robert Flay of Matawan, Carol Flay, Ocean Grove, Cheryl Armstrong of Lanoka Harbor, Lynda Chadwick and her husband Mark of Neptune, her grandchildren, Lexi, Julia, Jocelyn, Christine, Jordan, Taylor, Robbie, Connor and Jake and great grandchildren, Jayden, Devynn, and Cameron.  She was an amazing mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed!  Relatives and friends may call on Thursday June 10, 2021 from 4;00 PM until 7:00 PM with a funeral service beginning at 6:30 PM at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove.  The family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation in her name be made to St Paul’s United Methodist Church, 80 Embury Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Arlene A. Cardinale

Arlene A. Cardinale, 77, of Ocean Grove, transitioned peacefully holding hands with her loving husband and life partner for 50 years, Leonard Pugliese on March 30, 2021. Arlene was a lifelong educator and received her Doctorate Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Seton Hall University. Prior to her retirement, she served as teacher and administrator in the Newark Public Schools. As an administrator, she became a proud member of the City Association of Supervisors and Administrators (CASA).  In her view, her greatest professional accomplishment was becoming the Principal of the old First Ave Elementary School school in Newark, the school that she had attended and graduated from as a child. Arlene loved First Avenue School when she was a student there, and she continued that love for First Avenue School when she became the principal.  Arlene had a great love for children, and her love for her students was evident to all who knew her.  Often, years after she retired, former students who were now adults, would approach her on the street, reintroduce themselves to her, and thank her for the guidance and love she imparted to them when they were students. After retiring and moving to Ocean Grove with her husband, Arlene dedicated her time to numerous civic organizations in Ocean Grove and Neptune Township. In addition to appointments to a number of Neptune Township committees, Arlene was elected as the first Woman President of the Ocean Grove Fishing Club. She also served for many years as the Chairperson of the Jersey Shore Arts Center Volunteer organization.  During her many years of service to children and her community, Arlene received numerous awards. Arlene was born and raised in Newark, then moved with her husband to West Orange and lived for the past 22 years in Ocean Grove. She was pre transitioned by her mother and father, Anne and Daniel Cardinale, her bother, Daniel Jr, and by her sister, Beverly Cardinale. She is survived by her loving husband, Leonard, her beloved sister and brother in law, Maryanne Ciresi and her husband Sam her five loving nieces and nephews, Beverly Anne Mecca, Danielle Murphy and her husband Jimmy, Sam Ciresi Jr and his wife Darlene,Christopher Ciresi and his wife Ivonne, Jerred Ciresi and his wife Nancy Lynn, and 10 very special great-nieces and nephews, Summer Arlene, Natalia Star, Devyn, Dylan, JT, Samantha, Meghan, Daniel, Isabella, and Christopher. Arlene will always be remembered for her warm heart and her beautiful smile, and she will always be missed by those who were fortunate to have known her. She is now in a better place, in the arms of our Lord and in the arms her loved ones who transitioned before her.  There will be no services at this time.  A memorial service in her honor will be planned in the future. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name came be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. 
Thursday, April 1, 2021

Kris Fulton


Kris Rasmusson Fulton passed away peacefully on February 27, 2021.She was born in Jersey City on March 7, 1950. Kris was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She summered in Ocean Grove as a child before moving there permanently in 1977. She attended Bergen School from first to twelfth grade and later got her R.N. from Brookdale Community College. She and her husband were counselors for J.M.Y.F at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Ocean Grove. Kris was only the second woman to be Captain of the Ocean Grove First Aid Squad in the early 1990’s. She loved the beach. She was predeceased by her parents Lloyd and Doris Rasmusson. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, David H. Fulton, her daughter Laurie and her husband Stephen, her son Todd and two grandchildren, Tyler and Ashley. There will be a service for immediate family on Tuesday and a celebration of life in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association or St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Rodger J. Johnson


Rodger J Johnson 71, passed away January 10, 2021. Rodger was born in Newark and was a resident of Ocean Grove. He attended NCE, Newark College of Engineering, and also played in a little rock group where he loved playing his guitar. Rodger was a veteran of the United States, Army, serving in the Vietnam from1969 to 1971. He was the best brother,friend and uncle. Rodger was the nicest, funniest person anyone could ever know, and he will be so missed. He was predeceased by his Mother Eileen and his father, Stanley. Surviving are his sister Janice Marshall, his nieces, Selena, Crystal, Tanya, Deserri, Marissa and Alyssa, and his nephews, Denny, Wiilliam, Anthony, CarmIne and Clinton. Rodger will be forever in our hearts and will never be forgotten.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Steven R. Liuzza


Steve Liuzza, born January 12, 1969, died unexpectedly on February 12th at the age of 52 in his home in Neptune City.

Steve is survived by his mother, Francoise Liuzza, three sisters, Susan King, Janine Coriell, Michele Isreal, four brothers, Alan, Peter, Joseph and Dennis Liuzza, his long time friend Curtis Lilieholm and his faithful companion “Benny”. Steve enjoyed the beach, meeting new people, making friends and spending time with his best friend Curt.  He possessed a thoughtful heart and for those who knew him best a “confidant” always there to listen and lend his support when needed. The Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 19th at Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ  07756.  Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. with a service scheduled at 5:30 p.m.  euligies and kind words are encouraged. Steve’s passing has left a huge hole in our hearts and he will be missed by many.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Rev. Robert Lee Frost


The Reverend Robert Lee Frost, 84,  of Neptune, NJ, passed away on February 2, 2021. Rev. Frost received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, February 1960, and in May 1963 received his Bachelor of Divinity Degree from Crozer Theological Seminary, Chester, PA. In May 1972 he received his Master of Divinity Degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School-Crozer Theological Seminary, Rochester, NY.  He was ordained an elder in the Southern NJ Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, September 1963 in Ocean City, NJ.  He was a retired member of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Neptune, NJ and Pastor Emeritus of the Wayside United Methodist Church, Ocean, NJ.  Between 1959 and 1973 he served as pastor of several United Methodist churches in NJ: Friendship, Monroeville and Porchtown; Bargaintown and Bethel, Somers Point; Pedricktown and Auburn; West Side, Millville; Associate Pastor of St. Andrew’s, Cherry Hill; Wayside, Ocean and was interim pastor at Squankum from 2001-2002. He served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Retired Ministers and Spouses of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was employed as financial analyst by the United Methodist Homes of NJ, Neptune, NJ from 1973 until 1998 when he retired. He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy of 62 years, his daughters, Kathleen Dougherty and her husband, Paul, Deborah Frost, grandchildren Michael Dougherty and Lauren Acosta and her husband Alex, and great granddaughter Dahlia Acosta. A Celebration of His Life Service will be private.  In lieu of flowers, love gifts given to the United Methodist Communities Foundation, Gift of Care Circle, (formally the United Methodist Homes of NJ Fellowship Fund) 3311 Route 33, Neptune, NJ 07753 or the Wayside United Methodist Church, 1229 West Park Avenue, Ocean, NJ 07712 in his memory, would be appreciated.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Philomena Ford


Philomena Ford, 82, formerly of Bradley Beach, died Thursday January 28, 2021. Phil was a long time communicant of the Church of the Ascension of the Parish of St. Theresa of Calcutta in Bradley Beach. Born in Warrenpoint, County Down, Northern Ireland, she came to the United States in 1966 to Boston as a nurse following her medical training in Liverpool, England. She relocated to Bradley Beach where she lived for 50 years. Phil worked as a nurse at the Medi Center in Neptune City before retiring. She was predeceased by her husband Harold J. Ford in 2017. Surviving are her sons, James and his wife Adrienne of Abingdon, PA, and Richard and his wife Marishyl of Decatur, GA, and her four grandchildren Seamus, Elizabeth, Evelyn and Beckett. Relatives and friends may call on Sunday February 7 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM at the Church of the Ascension 501 Brinley Avenue, Bradley Beach. A mass of Christian burial will be offered on Monday at 11:00 AM at the Church. Interment will follow at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown. 

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Janet Smith


Janet Smith, a lifelong resident of Ocean Grove, passed away January 27, 2021. Janet was born on July 4, 1932. She studied math at Bucknell University and went on to complete her master’s degree at Rutgers University. Janet married her grade-school sweetheart and the love of her life, Howard, with whom she raised two children and traveled the world. She was an educator for 27 years in Neptune Township, first as a high school math teacher, then serving as the district’s Mathematics Supervisor. Janet was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, a strong and resolute woman, and a talented educator. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 67 years, Howard L. Smith; her children, Howard L. Smith, Jr. (Judy) and Judy Smith Rector; grandchildren: Katie (Paul), Elizabeth (Mark), Jennifer (Pau), Howard (Renata); and great-grandchildren, Paul, Zoe, and Lucas. Funeral services will be held privately. Memorial donations may be made in Janet’s name to the Ocean Grove Church food pantry. 

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Caitlin Marie Kelley


Caitlin Marie Kelley of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, passed away before the dawn on Jan. 8, 2021, at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey. She was 32 years old. Caitlin was born on June 22, 1988, in Cooperstown, and raised in nearby Oneonta, where she graduated from Oneonta High School. She attended college first at Brookdale Community College, then at SUNY Oneonta where she studied for a career in hospitality. She worked in the restaurant industry for 14 years, which nurtured her love of meeting new people and making many friends. In the past year she had switched career paths and looked forward to growing into a company that would treat her well. A true extrovert, making lasting connections with others was her passion. She deeply loved her many friends and was always ready to make more. Caitlin was incredibly giving to those she knew. Being her friend meant having an ally and passionate advocate who would be at your side in a moment’s notice through thick and thin. Caitlin is survived by her parents, Melinda Herbst Kelley and Stephen Thomas Kelley; her older brother, Brendan Kelley, his wife, Paula (Paige), his son, Nolan, and his dog, Cooper; her younger brother, Ian; her grandmother, Norma; and her pup, Sammy. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Mary (Gammer) and Frank (Grandpa) Kelley and Herbert (Pop-pop) Herbst, and her pup, Ty. Celebrations of life will be planned in her hometowns of Oneonta and Ocean Grove, this summer, when this damn COVID stuff lets up. In honor of Caitlin’s life, these will be celebrations filled with family, friends and mischief. We will do everything we can to invite the massive number of friends she made, but we encourage those who haven’t already to reach out to the family so that we can get in touch as we make plans. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Jersey Shore Arts Center, www.jerseyshoreartscenter.org/, where she worked with her family to build a place for the arts in Ocean Grove, to the Sixth Ward Athletic Club Foundation, sixthwardaa.com/, in Oneonta to support the community she loved so much. You can also support restaurant workers in her name by leaving a massive tip in her honor the next time you go out to eat, because nothing would mean more to her than to continue to help her many friends in the service industry who are struggling during the pandemic.

Friday, January 22, 2021

George D. Cannon, Jr.


George D. Cannon, Jr., 84, of Ocean Grove, died January 7, 2021 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick Township. George was a Professor at New Jersey State University for 35 years. He earned a Bachelors degree from Miami University, a Masters from Montclair State College, and a PhD from IASHS. George served with the United States Army Medical Corps after hitchhiking across Europe. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and was an Ocean Grove Auditorium usher for 10 years. He was a lifeguard for 15 years in Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach. George was a former chief of the Eagle Hook and Ladder Company and was one of only two firemen in the history of the Ocean Grove Fire Department to receive the Monmouth County Medal of Valor. George enjoyed skiing, snowmobiling, and motorcycle riding in Vermont with his family and friends and was a great foliage enthusiast. He had an unending witty sense of humor and was a true pun aficionado and raconteur. He spent his summers with family and close friends swimming, sailing, and fishing in Lake Charlton, Ontario. Achieving his glider pilot’s license in the early 1980’s, he delighted in flying aerobatics and toured the country exploring new skies. He traveled the world and was a lifelong learner as well as a great educator committed to sharing his knowledge with everyone he met. He had a love of animals, tried regularly to prove he was a Jeopardy master, and managed to leave a permanent mark on the hearts of people he had only met once. He was truly unique and unforgettable and will be greatly missed by the people whose hearts he touched. George was predeceased by his sister Dr. Marilyn Cannon and his brother in law, Dr. Carl Guzzo. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Leslie, as well as their children Kimble, Kristen, and George and his son-in-law Michael and daughter-in-law Xiaoyi. He leaves behind six grandchildren Elizabeth, Katherine, Alexandria, Charlotte, Oscar, and Olivia. Visitation will be held Thursday, January 28 from 3 to 7 at the Ocean Grove Memorial Home, 118 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. A funeral service will be held Friday, January 29th, 10 AM at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 80 Embury Avenue, Ocean Grove, with interment following at Fairmount Cemetery, Newark.






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